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Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

Posted on: February 14, 2009 11:16 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2009 11:25 pm

Nate Robinson deserved to win Saturday's dunk contest but Rudy Fernandez got royally ripped off.

A victory for Robinson is a victory for the Little People across the world. Good for him. All 2 feet 11 of him.

He was clearly the crowd favorite and saved the dunk contest. It went from mediocre to great because of Robinson.


Dwight Howard shouldn't have been in the final round. No way. He didn't deserve it. Fernandez did.

Fernandez's first two dunks were far more challenging and creative and the judges -- because of bias toward Howard -- gave Fernandez low ball scores of 42 in his first two rounds when Robinson deserved far higher.

Howard got two perfect scores but didn't deserve them.

That was awful. Howard was a legacy pick. The judges wanted him in the final round because he's popular.

That was a G-E-I-C-O conspiracy.

But the dunk contest overall was pretty good and borderline great. Next year it might even be better with the news that LeBron James is planning to compete it. If he does, that will be a ratings bonanza.

In the meantime, with Robinson the new champion, somewhere Gary Coleman is partying like crazy.



Category: NBA
Tags: Dunk Contest

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2009 2:48 pm

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

Spot on Freeman. This was pathetic. The judges were terrible. So what if Rudy took a while to get what was probably the best dunk of the game down? He didn't violate any rules and should be given extra points for trying something that difficult rather than just raising the basket a foot and doing a vanilla dunk.

The whole thing was obviously staged, with the Superman/Kryptonite theme just waiting to play out. I felt bad for Rudy because I don't think he was told about it and appeared to be taking the contest seriously, something the judges apparently didn't.

Howard should not have been in the finals. JR Smith arguably could have been over Nate considering the first round dunks.

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2009 2:33 pm
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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2009 1:12 pm

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

dwight's dunk on the 12 foot rim was pretty ridiculous Say it with me, people.  There was no 12 foot rim dunk.  It was 11 feet, something Michael Wilson (formerly of Memphis) has already done.  And I think Wilson is 6'4"......

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2009 12:57 pm

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

Rudy Fernandez definitely got hosed.  We all know he would have been in the finals had Pau Gasol been able to throw that pass.  The judges killed his score for taking that long to throw it down.  I love the guy and he was sick last year but he made it to the finals off of last year's dunks.   Rudy was sick and I wish we couldv'e seen the two little guys head to head but I guess it was pre-programmed as David and Goliath.  Nate Robinson may have pushed of Howard's shoulder but my man is what listed at 5'9 so like 5'7 and he put his funbags on Dwight's forhead.  Thankfully, the fans didnt waste all their money rigging it for Dwight Howard like how Allen Iverson somehow ends up on the all-star team.  If Dwight wanted respect, go 13 , 13 1/2.  Was a surprisingly fun and creative contest.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2009 12:36 pm

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

I agree.  Fernandez got robbed, pure and simple.  His two dunks (especially the second) was better than nearly everyone else's dunks save for Howard's dunk off the side of the backboard.

The Suns's panel of "judges" shows they haven't watched much basketball lately because they don't seem to know a dunk from a donut.

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2009 12:33 pm

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

Nate Robinson's step-dunk was not the worst ever. Michael Finley's half-cartwheel dunk has that title hands down.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2009 12:15 pm

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

What is the big deal? It has always been this way. It is not even a contest, nor any of the All Star game's preludes, just entertainment. I remember the year Wilkens should have beaten Jordan, was obvious, had a perfect score on his last dunk, judges gave him a 47, Jordan's next jump, he beat Nique by a point. Same old song and dance, just a show.  

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2009 12:06 pm

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

This contest had to be rigged.  If your Dwight Howard, why sabotage your chance to win by letting Nate Robinson dunk over you?  And speaking of Robinson, how does a Slam Dunk champ do the worst dunk ever?  Jumping off his teammate is something us white guys tried in high school.  Rudy Fernandez had some nice throw downs, yet this was pegged from the get-go as Dwight vs. Nate.

And LeBron declaring he's doing it next year?  What a joke.  Where have you been the last couple years?  While it'll be great IF he DOES do it, I'm not sure why the bigger name stars think they are better than the game and the event.  Today's players have ZERO sense of history.  All the great players before them that entered and they choose to sit on the sidelines.  To me , it disrespects the fans and the game.  And yes, I realize it's just an exhibition.  But I always thought these events were for the fans.   

Go back to the way it was in the 80's and early 90's.  No timer.  Each dunker gets so many attempts. say three max.  If you can't complete the dunk, you get scored on your whatever your attempt is.  Best two total scores get to the finals.  None of this fan voting junk either.  Have past dunk champs judge.  And do they still give out money as a prize?  Sweeten the pot a little and maybe it'll entice some of the top stars out there.

OK, now that I solved that problem, are there any others that need my attention?   

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2009 11:53 am

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

Fernandez is a terrible dunker..he threw the ball of the backboard and dunked it, and weak at that. Justice was served, and maybe next year fans will realize that Joe Alexander of the Milwaukee Bucks should have been dunking in the contest. Hits his nose off the rim in 2 steps!! Russell Westbrook is a better dunker than was just embarassing that he was part of the contest...weak.


Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2009 11:45 am

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

I agree 100%. Dwight Howard as much as I love him, didn't have ANY sweet dunks. The 12 foot dunk was lame. Really lame. And there was so much build up for it. He went into the phone booth and did his superman thing. The crowd was going nuts. And all he did was dunk it. No windmill or anything, and yet he still got a perfect score...?

Nate Robinson was on fire. Its incredible how high he can get up. He deserved the win.

I thought Fernandez's 2nd dunk was the best of the night. Yes, it took him a while, and yes Pau Gasol wasn't helping the cause, but that was a sick dunk!

Overall, it was very fun to watch.

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